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People urged not to believe ‘fake news’ about self-medication

People urged not to believe ‘fake news’ about self-medication
TUESDAY, August 03, 2021

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES) warned people on Monday to stop believing rumours that six drugs will help treat Covid-19.

The ministry said people isolating at home must strictly follow doctors’ instructions and that self-medication can cause harm.

The DES spokesperson announced on Monday that “reports claiming that paracetamol, ambroxol, dextromethorphan, chlorpheniramine, Vitamin C, and green chiretta [fah talai jone] can cure Covid-19 have been checked by the Anti-Fake News Centre. The Public Health Ministry’s Department of Medical Services has confirmed that this information is fake news. All Covid-19 patients isolated at home must be treated by doctors based on their symptoms. Self-medication can be dangerous and cause complications.

“The authorities emphasise that self-medication can be harmful and call on people to not follow false instructions. People should also stop sharing or posting these false rumours,” the spokesperson said.

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